I have recently started to drink almond milk as opposed to cows milk. This is not because the cows milk is causing me any problems – far from it. I’ve regularly drunk lots of the stuff since a young age and its never caused me a problem. Through talking to other people which Crohn’s, I understand that its not uncommon for people with Crohn’s to also be lactose intolerant. I guess I’m one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have this dietary restriction to worry about. For me I just tried the almond milk and liked it. I’ve been doing a bit of reading into the nutritional side of this, and wanted to share some of what I’ve found out. Note: I do not have any nutritional training; I am just sharing what I have found out through researching various articles.
As mentioned: almond milk does not contain dairy or lactose as is found in cows milk. Some people are intolerant to the protein found in cows milk, others to the lactose which is a type of sugar found in cows milk. Almond milk does not have either of these elements in, making it an alternative for people with these intolerances. Moreover it also has a lower fibre content, making it easier on the gut, hence being a good alternative for people with Crohn’s. It’s a rich source of vitamin D helping the body to control the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, and E which acts as an antioxidant. Although the vitamin D helps to control the amount of calcium in the body, almond milk does not have the same levels of calcium as cows milk. This can however be fortified in some products.
It contains protein and riboflavin which is a form of Vitamin B, and helps the body to use minerals such as iron to regulate muscle growth and strength. Having a boost with absorbing the iron can be beneficial for those who are also having problems with anaemia. Having the correct minerals present in the body makes it a lot easier for the body to repair itself, and in my mind could help people who are trying to put on healthy weight. A common problem with Crohn’s is the difficulty in gaining weight, so having the extra vitamins and minerals in the almond milk can help with this.
So there we have it: a great alternative to milk loaded with other vitamins and minerals. I still occasionally use cows milk in tea and coffee, but for the most part I use almond milk. I hope this article has been useful, thanks for reading.